Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Jefferson County, Alabama

02 May 2016 12:56 PM | Brian Bellenger

This is a remarkable opportunity for an I/O Psychology professional to innovate and implement best practices as part of a team dedicated to implementing a state of the art selection process.

The successful candidate will manage teams of professionals to design, implement and validate selection systems for County jobs.  The work requires creativity and innovation in the design of new selection systems.  It also involves compliance with professional, legal and ethical standards of employee selection as defined by the Uniform Guidelines and the Federal Court.

The I/O Psychologist will be an extensively experienced and highly skilled personnel analyst and manager, developing and implementing selection systems for a wide variety of jobs including professional and para-professional positions.  Additionally, the psychologist will be engaged in efforts to establish internal procedures for the on-going success of the organization.  He or she will also be responsible for building consensus and buy-in with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.  Work is performed through the office of a Federal Receiver charged with reshaping the organization for long-term viability and success.

Typical Responsibilities Include:

Manage multiple projects by assessing priorities, establishing completion schedules, assign work to subordinate personnel, and track and monitor work progress.

Ensure customer and subject matter expert’s questions, concerns, and needs for information are met by overseeing the department/team, responding to customer and subject matter expert inquires and concerns, and monitoring staff interaction with subject matter experts’ and customers.

Manage data and perform statistical analyses using SPSS and Excel software programs by structuring data in needed formats, determine appropriate statistical analyses for the type of data and departmental reporting needs, write and review syntax and formulas, and interpret resulting output.

Supervise and manage staff by assigning and distributing work, direct staff in their job duties, monitor progress of work, and provides performance feedback and training to staff.

Conduct training of departmental staff, other functional areas, and individuals external to the organization in order to ensure work is performed according to procedure and to acceptable standards and/or share information about departmental activities or functioning.

Ensure the development of job-related, valid, and legally defensible employment selection processes by establishing procedures to govern job analysis and test development activities that comply with applicable employment laws/guidelines/professional standards and reviewing work to make certain procedures are appropriately followed.

Develop and execute strategic plans for the department by collaborating with management and other departments to establish objectives and procedures, and reviewing, revising, and approving rules and procedures related to departmental services.

Prepare and monitor departmental budget by reviewing spending trends and expenditure reports, consulting with personnel, analyzing financial data, and presenting an annual budget based on financial data and department needs to ensure that expenditures are within annual budgetary limits.

Serve as an expert witness in employment discrimination litigation involving employment selection tests.

Engage in activities designed to ensure professional development, awareness of developments in the field, and knowledge of relevant practices, rules, laws, policies, and/or guidelines.


Education: Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Work Experience: Experience working in the field of employee selection to include conducting job analyses for a variety of professional and non-professional jobs, developing selection systems (e.g., minimum qualifications, structured interviews, work samples, assessment centers) for those jobs, administering and scoring selection systems, and documenting evidence of validity of those systems.

Experience leading a team of professionals in performing employee selection work preferred.

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